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Milwaukee priest pleads guilty in child-touching case

In this Feb. 23, 2017, the Rev. Robert Marsicek appears in out-of-custody intake court in Wisconsin. Marsicek has pleaded guilty to reduced charges that he touched a girl while at a Catholic school in Wauwatosa, Wis. Marsicek was charged in February with felony first-degree sexual assault of a child. Sentencing is set for Dec. 15. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

The Rev. Robert Marsicek appears in out-of-custody intake court in Wisconsin in February. Marsicek has pleaded guilty to reduced charges that he touched a girl while at a Catholic school in Wauwatosa. Marsicek was charged in February with felony first-degree sexual assault of a child. His sentencing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 15. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee priest has pleaded guilty to reduced charges that he touched a girl while at a Catholic school in Wauwatosa.

Seventy-six-year-old Robert Marsicek was charged in February with felony first-degree sexual assault of a child. But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that, as a result of negotiations with prosecutors, Marsicek pleaded guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault, a misdemeanor. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 15.

According to the original complaint, Marsicek touched the girl while at Pius X Parish and school in Wauwatosa between 2007 and 2011. Marsicek told detectives the girl liked to sit on his lap, and that he told her it was unacceptable.

Marsicek was removed from the ministry in 2013. He remains free on bond and is to have no contact with the victim or anyone under 18.

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